RACV Royal Pines Resort
This deep, green plunge pool tucked away in the rainforest has remained relatively untouched despite its proximity to the popular Crystal Cascades, just outside of Cairns.
Found amongst the tropical rainforest in the foothills of Queensland’s highest mountain, this undulating stream of clear, cool water over smooth granite boulders looks like an abstract masterpiece. The popular and picturesque spot also holds great significance for local Aboriginal people.
This pool was a well-kept secret until recently. No one really knows the reason behind its turquoise colour, but it gets its ‘spa’ title because of the natural depression in the creek bed that causes the water to bubble. It can be found just west of Cardwell near Forest Creek Drive.
Josephine Falls is the ideal all-day spot with areas for sunning, sliding and sausage sizzling. Pack a barbecue picnic and make the one hour trip from Cairns to its location in Wooroonooran National Park.
Skip your morning shower for an au naturale one under the Stoney Creek spray. Follow the rough path at the end of Stoney Creek Road, just five minutes out of Cairns, to find these beautiful falls and shallow pools.
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